Also more than 100 ANTI-PORN VIDEOS! Please see sidebar, or our AntiPornographyBlog YouTube Channel. "Pornography" defined here.

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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Greetings and latest blog status update. :-)

Hi everyone. I am indeed still here and will be posting more in the future. I am just having to take a some time out to take care of some personal matters, and also to learn some new multimedia skills so that I can upload lots of great new anti-pornography videos and other media for you in the future. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy all of the posts and 100+ videos that are currently here! :-) (See sidebar and next post down.)

March 2010:

For the best current information about the documented harms of pornography please visit the extremely informative new website Pornography Harms at PornHarms.com.

"Dedicated to providing the most accurate peer-reviewed research on the harm from pornography, along with relevant news and opinion."

This outstanding website comprehensively addresses the harms of pornography in regards to all of the following categories: addiction, brain science, children, cybersex, family, Internet, Internet safety, marriage, men, psychological, prostitution, relationships, research, self image, sex trafficking, sexting, sexual violence, societal, STDs, teens, and women.

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Additional note: A must-see, GROUND-BREAKING new documentary on pornography has just been released to help educate the public about the harms of pornography. Please visit the website for "The Price of Pleasure: Pornography, Sexuality and Relationships." Many videos clips are available there, including one of Noam Chomsky discussing the issue of "choice" in regards to performers participating in the porn industry. Or, you can see the whole film HERE right now at Media Education Foundation.

Additional note: The AMAZING and very eye-opening Stop Porn Culture video slideshow "Who Wants to Be a Porn Star?" is now once again available on the Internet! It exposes the true harsh reality of the porn industry and analyzes it with many profound and disturbing insights. To watch it right now click HERE.
For more info about Stop Porn Culture please visit their web site and their events page.
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Enjoy! :-)

Below is a little preview of my YouTube channel. It has over 200 anti-pornography and related videos collected all in one place and organized into over 40 playlists -- just for you. :-) (Instructions below video player.) Please note that the Sasha Grey video series are the first videos below in the bigger player that is embedded into the next post down on this blog, so you might want to watch them there. Or you can watch them at YouTube, where they are greatly enhanced with additional educational annotations and commentary. :-) Just click here.

IMPORTANT NOTE: I will be uploading more videos in the next few months, so please do feel free to click on that little yellow button below and SUBSCRIBE! Thanks. :-)

To watch the videos above just hover over the bottom of the video screen and then click on the arrow play icon. Or scroll through the videos using the right and left arrow icons. Please note that "Parts 3 & 4 Porn Star Sasha Grey on Tyra Show" is the same as "Part 3 Teen Prostitute on Tyra Show", and that my "Team Prostitute on Tyra" video series also has annotations on them if you watch them at YouTube. (Click here.) If you hover over the bottom of the screen above after you watch a video it will bring up others that are a mixture of videos from my channel and other channels.

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Friday, August 24, 2007

Top 100 Anti-Porn Videos From YouTube All In One Post! :-)

Here are my current Top 100 anti-pornography videos from YouTube.com! (Nov. 6 update: It looks like YouTube has switched their player to only have 48 for now.) I have spent weeks collecting them just for you, so they can be put all in one easy playlist and large embedded player. Instructions and more information below the video screen for those who are interested. Enjoy! :-)



Instructions: Just scroll the list by using arrows at the left and right, click on the thumbnail of the video that you want, and then click on the triangle "play" icon in the middle of the video when it appears in the main window.

Note: Each video after that will automatically play in order, unless you choose another one. To see the rest of the 100, please go to to my playlist section of my YouTube Channel.

If you would like to see a particular video in full-screen mode, click on the YouTube icon in the bottom right of the main video screen when the video that you want is there. This will take you to the page with that video at YouTube.com. Then click on the little rectangle in the bigger rectangle in the bottom right of the video screen there. If you want to exit full-screen viewing, just click on the "Esc" key on your keyboard. (Top left of keyboard.)

If you would like more written details about these videos, check out the full listings for this playlist here. If you want to see another 100 or so anti-porn videos, (or videos about porn and related issues), please visit the main page of my YouTube Channel, or check out my anti-porn channel video playlists. (Or click on "Read More" below this post.) Playlist categories include documentaries, porn star interviews, anti-pornography conference videos, porn addiction/obsession videos, CP80 Internet porn solution videos, anti-porn book author interviews, videos of criminals influenced by porn, debates and panel discussions about pornography, anti-pornography activist videos, Girls Gone Wild and Joe Francis videos, videos about sexist media and its harmful influence on women and girls, videos on masculinity, videos about feminism and women, videos of people who are against porn sharing their thoughts, videos of current porn news, videos about porn technology, anti-porn music videos, and more! :-)

Please note that the anti-porn Google videos that I've collected for you are not able to be put in this playlist, (because they are longer than 10 minutes, and in most cases YouTube doesn't allow them), and must be accessed via the sidebar of this blog. (Please read video instructions on the sidebar first.) Thanks! :-)

For a longer list of my anti-porn video playlists, including many more details, please click on "Read More" below. Thanks! ;-) (Links to each playlist there as well.)


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Anti-Porn Music Videos (Or Videos w. Music in Them.) 23 Videos
Music videos with anti-pornography and related themes.


These are videos of anti-pornography activists engaging in creative anti-pornography activism. :-)

Anti-Pornography Book Author Interviews 14 Videos
Interviews with authors of books that address porn-related issues.

Videos of speakers at anti-pornography conferences and events. Includes videos of the 2007 National Feminist Anti-Pornography Movement conference held at Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts. Speakers at the conference included Gail Dines, Robert Jensen, Rebecca Whisnant, Robert Wosnitzer, Ana Bridges, Michelle Chang, and others. See blog sidebar for all the videos other than Gail Dines' introduction.

These are videos that address child pornography issues as well as other sorts of sexual exploitation and abuse of children, such as molestation, child prostitution, and child sex tourism.

Miscellaneous television commercials about porn.

Includes all videos about CP 80 Internet Channel Initiative. This is a solution to divide the Internet into channels, in order to make it optional to receive porn channels or not. See full information at CP80.org. The new DVD Traffic Control is about CP80, so videos about it are included here as well.

These are videos of criminals talking about how pornography has influenced their crimes such as molestation, rape and murder. Also included are videos about the connection of pornography and porn addiction/obsession to crime and sexual assault in general.

These are videos of debates about pornography such as porn star Ron Jeremy debating others. Also Compulsion Solution's George Collins and Gabriela Network debating pro-porn people.

These videos are an assortment of documentaries, documentary previews, movies, or TV shows about the reality of the porn industry. They show how pornography harms those in the industry and those outside of it.

These are videos by feminists, or about feminists and feminism, in relationship to pornography and other sex trade issues. They include anti-pornography feminist activism, speeches, interviews, documentaries and more. They also include videos that mention feminism or feminists in relationship to porn.

Yes, anti-porn people can have a sense of humor! ;-) I hope you enjoy a few laughs at the amusing comedic efforts of some very helpful and creative people. :-)

to this baby in the world needs you are this BB were in the view and no but have you and me some money for just to be think any to be key in that viewThese are videos about the Girls Gone Wild porn empire and its creator: criminal and exploiter of young women, Joe Francis.

History of Pornography and the Porn Industry 10 Videos
Videos that contain information about the history of porn and the pornography industry.

These are videos concerning different Internet porn issues and solutions. They address peer-to-peer file-sharing technology, (P2P), Internet porn filtering, and other ways of separating out and/or dealing with pornography on the Internet.

Kicesie asks: "How do you define pornography?" ,"Do you think that porn can sometimes be good, therapeutic and healthy? If so, what qualities makes it such?","Do you that porn can sometimes be bad, harmful or unhealthy? If so, what qualities makes it such?" YouTubers answer her in videos and comments. Feel free to join in! :^)

Videos about Larry Flynt, Hustler magazine, & Hugh Hefner and Playboy magazine.

These videos are of men and boys who are against pornography and are speaking up and doing something about the porn problem. The videos demonstrate that not all guys are porn users, that not all guys are in favor of porn, and that some of them care enough about doing the right thing to speak out.

These are miscellaneous videos that address porn, the sex trade, and porn-related issues that don't fall neatly into any of the other specific categories. They mostly aren't anti-porn, just informational about porn, etc. I.e. "Real doll" videos. (Sex dolls). Some of these videos are actually pro-porn, but provide useful data for anyone studying porn and similar topics.

Videos about porn addiction, (or porn obsession/compulsion), and how it has harmed those addicted to/obsessed with pornography, as well as their families, loved ones, and others. (Of course that person's porn addiction has also harmed the people in the porn videos. This is because every time a porn video is being viewed and masturbated to, someone is taking pleasure in the objectification, exploitation and/or abuse of another person. This is a violation of someone's dignity and humanity.) This section also includes information about "sex addiction", etc.

All videos about celebrities appearing in any type of homemade or commercial porn, or any connection of pornography to celebrities.

Any videos that address the relationship between the pornography industry and technology.

Interviews with current porn stars such as Jenna Jameson, Belladonna, and Sasha Grey. Also interviews with ex-porn stars such as Shelley Lubben and others. They all reveal some important truths about the harms of the pornography industry. Also included are videos about porn stars that don't necessarily have interviews in them.

These are videos concerning free speech, First Amendment, and legal issues in regards to pornography. (Sometimes referred to with the legal term Obscenity, some forms of which are also referred to as Indecency, particularly when referring to television and radio broadcast regulations.)

All videos concerning porn and politics, politicians, political issues, etc. (For informational purposes. I do not necessarily agree or disagree with the content of these videos. They are just to let people know about the politicans, politics and issues.

These are videos of news stories done about porn, pornography-related issues, and sex-trade-related issues.

Videos that contain statistics about the porn industry and pornography use. Please note that in "Porn! A historical documentary", an incorrect statistic is given regarding condom use in porn. The correct data is that condoms are used in less than 1/3 of porn films. (17% as of 2004. See the article "The Adult Film Industry: Time to Regulate?" at http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=18 92037)

Pro-Porn Videos 9 Videos
These videos are generally pro-porn and are included in order for people to be able to examine both sides of the issues so that they have the full picture and can decide for themselves. They are also useful for anti-pornography activists to study to understand the pro-porn arguments so they know what they are up against and can formulate their own responses to the points the pro-porn people are making.

These are videos about prostitution and prostituted women, girls, and children. Pornography is nothing more than filmed prostitution, and often the two are interconnected, with those who are prostituted in the usual manner being used for pornography, and those who are pornography performers sometimes engaging in typical prostitution on the side.

These videos are about the importance of protecting children from pornography on the Internet and various ways of doing so.

These are videos about how women, girls and children are forced or trafficked into prostitution or sex slavery, either for the use of local Johns or for "sex tourists". (Who are usually well-to-do white males from Western nations, who are also often married.)

These are videos from the "To Catch a Predator" series on NBC's Dateline show. Also included are other videos about sex predators. They are relevant as most predators use some form of pornography while interacting with their victims.

These are videos made either by the "adult industry", or about the "adult industry". They include video taken at the events such as the AVN awards, the Erotica L.A. porn convention, etc. They are not specifically anti-porn or against pornography in any way, however they can be useful for anti-pornography activists to study and learn about the industry.

These are videos on how male identity and masculinity are constructed in our society. They include videos of how boys are socialized into viewing and treating girls and women as objects that exist for their viewing and sexual pleasure. Also included are videos that address how "manhood" has often come to mean being tough, violent, and without empathy for the feelings of others.

These are videos about the rampant amount of sexism and sexist portrayals of girls and women in current media. (Such as commercials, magazine ads, billboards, TV shows, etc.) They include videos addressing the harmful effects of sexist and exploitive media on our society in general, but particularly on girls and women.

These are videos that address what "pornography" is, and how it is defined by different people in our society and other societies. The current definition I use is PORNOGRAPHY: Material that combines sex and/or the exposure of genitals with abuse or degradation in a manner that appears to endorse, condone, or encourage such behavior. Note contrast with EROTICA: Sexually suggestive or arousing material that is free of sexism, racism, and homophobia, and respectful of all human beings and animals portrayed. (Definitions from DianaRussell.com.)

These are videos about feminism, respect for women, equality of women, how women are treated in the world, etc. Not necessarily anything to do with pornography or the sex trade, but just about the reality of being a woman in this world.

Videos that address women's involvement with pornography in ways other than performing in it, such as using it, making it as a director or a producer, or selling, endorsing, or promoting it.

These are videos specifically about the problem of pornography being posted on YouTube, how some people are against it, and about their efforts to deal with it. Note: Any video that contains inappropriate content can be flagged by any user. Examples of inappropriate content are: 1) sexually explicit, 2) mature (over 18 only) content, 3) graphic violence, 4) hate speech, 5) other terms of use violation. YouTube promises to deal with reports within 48 hours. You can also join the "Against Porn Videos Group" here: http://www.youtube.com/group/PornVideosSuck

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Note: If you click on any of the links above and are taken to any particular playlist which contains thumbnail pictures and full details of each video, please note that the individual descriptions of each video are written by whoever uploaded them. Thanks.

I hope you enjoyed some of the videos! :-)
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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Former Porn Star Jersey Jaxin on Why She Quit Porn and How Abusive the Industry Is Towards Women

Please click on the triangle "play" icon in the middle of the picture below to hear why Jersey very recently quit porn, how harmful to one's health the porn industry can be, and how dehumanizing and degrading the industry is.




Part 2:



As you can hear in the interview, another former porn star, Shelley Lubben, is kindly working very hard to help Jersey. Below is an excerpt of what Shelley writes about Jersey on her website. Following that is an excerpt of their interview.

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"I met Jersey Jaxin about two months ago through Myspace and she allowed me to come and spend time with her and listen to her story. She spoke about many things from her sexual abuse from her father to the abuse she went through in the porn.

Much of her life can be summed up in one word: ABUSE.

She made me cry during our meeting quite a bit but especially when I asked her what she did in her off time when she wasn't doing porn and she replied, "I hold my roommate and we just cry".

(Please click on "Read More!" below for the rest.)

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That TOTALLY messed me up... Two months later this precious woman calls me and says, "Guess what Shelley, I've left porn for good!"

I want you all to hear and know the truth from the very mouths of the women who make porn. I want you to know that there IS NO FANTASY in porn and that women suffer abuse EVERY SINGLE DAY!

She wants you to know that Jersey Jaxin is now dead and that her real name is Tanya and that it's time for Tanya to be the person she was meant to be. She even cleaned up her myspace to show her fans and all of us that she is serious and is never going back to porn. Please visit her myspace and leave her encouraging comments... This will... give her strength to rebuild her life. I am so thankful for all of you... Just look at how well Sierra Sinn and Becca Brat are doing and YOU have something to do with that!

I want to give Tanya some relief from the many years of suffering she has endured. She has only known pain and abuse since she was a little girl and now I want all of us to reach out to her. She is moving to another state where there are mainly Super Walmarts. If you would like to help Tanya as she begins her new life please send Walmart cards to my PMB Box and I will forward everything I receive to her as soon as I receive them from you.

Let's keep helping the porn stars rebuild their lives! YOU are making a HUGE difference in the lives of women by your giving.

Tanya already sends a BIG THANK YOU to us for your support and love as she courageously rebuilds her new life.

You can send the Walmart cards here to my post mail box at:

Shelley Lubben
PMB Box 33
6077 Coffee Rd 4
Bakersfield, Calif. 93308

Or if you'd like to help in some other way please visit my web site here.

Thank you SO MUCH for caring about the porn stars! Love, Shelley"


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Here's a partial transcript of Shelley's talk with Jersey.

Shelley: "I hear you left porn. What's going on?"

Jersey: "I'm just tired of the industry. The way that they treat as though we are just a piece of meat. That we don't have a mind and our body is everybody's and we have no soul."

Shelley: "Did something happen that made you say, 'That's it! I'm done.'"

Jersey: "Someone I thought was my friend chose money over me and tried to get my fiance to leave me by offering him double pay. I've completely had it. I can't deal with it anymore... I want everything in my relationship to be only me and him."

Shelley: "You told me some pretty scary things about the porn industry."

Jersey: "Guys punching you in the face. You have semen... Twenty or thirty guys all over your face, in your eyes. You get ripped. Your insides can come out of you. It's never ending. Your viewed as an object not as a human with a spirit. People don't care. People do drugs because they can't deal with the way they're being treated."

Shelley: "What percentage of porn people use drugs?"

Jersey: "Seventy five percent and rising. Have to numb themselves... There are specific doctors in this industry if you go in for a common cold, they'll give you vicodin, viagra, anything you want because all they care about is money. You are a number. You're bruised. You have black eyes. You're ripped. You're torn. You have your insides coming out of you. It's not pretty and foofoo on set. You get hurt."

"The main thing going around now is crystal meth, cocaine and heroin. ...You have to numb yourself to go on set. The more you work, the more you have to numb yourself. The more you become addicted, the more your personal life is nothing but drugs... Your whole life becomes nothing but porn."

"I was a drinker. I drank a lot. Vodka was my drug. Vodka was my numbing toy. Before sets, after sets, and if it was a set where people didn't care, they'd have it there waiting."

Shelley: "Do pornographers provide drugs?"

Jersey: "Some of them do. Some of them do it in front of you. I used to have a problem with cocaine that I overcame. It's hard when they're putting it in front of you and saying, 'Do this.'"

Shelley: "Talk about some of the degradation the women have to go through."

Jersey: "You may see a 45-minute set that took us 13 hours. ...We're ripped, we're tired, we're sored, we're bleeding, we're cut up, we have dried semen all over our faces from numerous guys and we can't wash it off because they want to take pictures. You have this stuff all over you and they're telling you, 'Hold it!'"

"You can say anything you want [stop or pain etc] and they don't listen. There's the ultimate thing where you squeeze their leg to ease up and most of them don't care. They have another scene to go to. It's all about the money. They've forgotten who they are and they don't care who they're hurting."

"I'm on the road right now heading to a different life. I'm going to try to make it as a normal person because I'm done."

"You have no soul in the porn industry."


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For more information please see:

Shelley Lubben's well documented List of Dead Porn Stars and How They Died.
The Adult Industry Medical Foundation publication "Types of Porn and Their Occupational Safety Risks".

The excellent article "The Adult Film Industry: Time to Regulate?", by Corita Grudzen and Peter Kerndt. A PubMedCentral/U.S. National Institutes of Health publication.

Corita Grudzen is a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States of America. Peter Kerndt is the Director of the Sexually Transmitted Disease Program in the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Los Angeles, California, United States of America.
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Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Blog Status Update and New Anti-Pornography YouTube Channel

Greetings to all visitors! :^)

I would just like to clarify that this blog is not yet officially launched or announced. (But hopefully it will be in the next few weeks.) I still have a lot of basic establishment work to do on it before it's ready for an official debut, as well as revisions of all the posts.

However in the meantime you are all welcome to check out all the posts in their rough draft form, and of course watch any of the more than 100 anti-pornography videos here. (Please don't forget to read the instructions on the sidebar! :^))

The majority of the videos are now also able to be seen here at my new Anti-Pornography YouTube Channel. It too is still in a rough "not yet officially launched" state, (I am still learning how to edit and upload my videos properly), but there is a lot of useful information there to keep anyone busy for quite a while. :^) Note: All the videos are organized by category for easy locating here at my "Playlists".

The videos in the sidebar of this blog that are longer than 10 minutes are not able to be put at my YouTube Channel, (they are Google Videos), so if you want to view them they should be seen here.

Enjoy!

APA, :^)

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Tuesday, August 7, 2007

"Do you think the production and/or distribution of pornography, for personal and/or commercial use, should be illegal?"

RussellsParadox, a visitor to my anti-pornography YouTube channel, (over 100 videos and counting! ;-)), asked me the above question. The space to reply at YouTube was limited, so I am posting my full response here. The simple version of it is as follows:

1) If you are referring to the United States, regardless of what I think, most pornography is actually technically already illegal. It just isn't prosecuted.

2) I believe that there are legal measures that can and should be put into place that can significantly reduce the harm done to individuals during the production of pornography. (And as a result of what happened during that production.) These measures can also reduce the harm done to women, children, and society in general from the existence of, consumption of, and influence of violent, degrading, and sexist pornography. Such measures would include: restricting access of Internet pornography and other types of pornography to those who are 18 and over, raising the age of participation in pornography to 21 years old, and improving the health and safety standards of pornography production in a variety of ways, including implementing mandatory condom use.

So that's the short answer. For a longer and more detailed response with references included, please click on "Read More!" below. (But be forewarned: there is graphic, disturbing, and likely triggering content ahead.) Thanks.




To begin with, if a person is going to discuss whether or not they think the production and/or distribution of pornography, for personal and/or commercial use, should be illegal, one should define the term "pornography". As stated in the sidebar of my YouTube channel and at my blog post defining pornography here, the current definition I'm using is as follows:


PORNOGRAPHY: Material that combines sex and/or the exposure of genitals with abuse or degradation in a manner that appears to endorse, condone, or encourage such behavior.

(From "Pornography As a Cause of Rape", by Dr. Diana Russell, PhD, which is a book excerpt from "Against Pornography: The Evidence of Harm". Read excerpt here.)

Another useful definition is from the Anti-Pornography Civil Rights Ordinance:

"Pornography" means the graphic sexually explicit subordination of women through pictures and/or words that also includes one or more of the following:

a. women are presented dehumanized as sexual objects, things or commodities; or

b. women are presented as sexual objects who enjoy humiliation or pain; or

c. women are presented as sexual objects experiencing sexual pleasure in rape, incest, or other sexual assault; or

d. women are presented as sexual objects tied up or cut up or mutilated or bruised or physically hurt; or

e. women are presented in postures or positions of sexual submission, servility, or display; or

f. women's body parts-including but not limited to vaginas, breasts, or buttocks-are exhibited such that women are reduced to those parts; or

g. women are presented being penetrated by objects or animals; or

h. women are presented in scenarios of degradation, humiliation, injury, torture, shown as filthy or inferior, bleeding, bruised or hurt in a context that makes these conditions sexual.

2. The use of men, children, or transsexuals in the place of women in (a)-(h) of this definition is also pornography for purposes of this law.

Andrea Dworkin and Catharine MacKinnon, "Model Antipornography Civil-Rights Ordinance," Pornography and Civil Rights: A New Day for Women's Equality, Appendix D

(See full information on this ordinance at this Wikipedia entry here.)


Interestingly, the above two definitions fit very closely with how the "Adult Industry" categorizes their own products. Useful examples of such products can be found at the Adult Video News charts of the best-selling “adult” videos and DVDs. (At AVN.com here. Note: Graphic content at link.) Some titles from the top 100 of the top 250 most popular rentals as of August 7, 2007, are “Teen F#%k Holes 8”, “A Cum Sucking Whore Named Katsumi”, "Teen Cum Dumpster 4”, and “Throat F#%k Gang Bang 7”. (The back cover description for the last one reads: “These filthy little sluts thought they can handle multiple dicks hammering down on their throats like a plunger does a toilet. They couldn't be more wrong! Watch as these gagging whores choke, spit, and slobber all over our cocks while we mercilessly jam our dicks down their windpipes. Don't worry, all these girls get their just rewards in the end... LOADS of semen and SPIT plastered all over their pretty little faces." This description can be found online through searching for the DVD title name, finding it at an online DVD store, and then viewing the back cover.)


Please note that in discussing "pornography" and what I believe should be done about it legally, that I am referring to the above sorts of materials. I am not in any way referring to nudity, sex, age-appropriate sex education materials, or "erotica". (Or including any of these in the category of "pornography".) The following definition of erotica might be helpful to distinguish between "pornography" and non-degrading sexually explicit materials.


EROTICA: Sexually suggestive or arousing material that is free of sexism, racism, and homophobia, and respectful of all human beings and animals portrayed.


(From "Pornography As a Cause of Rape", by Dr. Diana Russell, PhD, which is a book excerpt from "Against Pornography: The Evidence of Harm". Read excerpt here.)


Now that it is clear what I'm referring to when I use the term "pornography", I should mention that "pornography" is not currently a legal term. For information on what terms are used, and what the current laws are that address pornographic materials, please see ObscenityCrimes.org. (Please note that acknowledging that Obscenity Law exists does not constitute endorsement or support of the principles behind Obscenity Law. See note at bottom of "101 Things You Can Do To Combat the Harms of Pornography" for more information regarding this point, which includes references to critiques of Obscenity Law. Also please note that I am against censorship, in favor of free speech, and also in favor of some sort of Anti-Pornography Civil Rights Law.)


In any case, the minimum legal measures I would like to see taken in order to reduce the harm created by pornography production and consumption are as follows:


1) Restrict access of Internet pornography and other types of pornography to those who are 18 and over.


Why this is needed:


Dr. Sharon Mitchell, of the Adult Industry Medical Health Care Foundation, (AIM):


"There is a real danger in watching this type of rough sex and thinking that it’s normal sex. Some of this stuff is so shocking and it’s done simply for shock value, that it’s not necessarily titillating but it’s almost like you can’t take your eyes off it, because it’s so unbelievable.”

“This is severe trauma on the body. And for a young person to witness that, they can very easily think, "Is this what all sex is like?""


"For a young adult and their perception of what type of sex they see, if they log onto the Internet or they’re getting some DVD things that are downloaded from some of the companies, they can really be mistaken. So you’re now looking at people with multiple partners, choking, spitting, things that are very degrading toward women, calling this woman a whore, rape scenes."


"And, yes, these are depictions in pornography, they’re fantasies, but how is a young person supposed to tell the difference if they’re logging on? They can say, "Is this normal sex?" And that to me is the concern, because where else do you have to compare it to? It’s just not the great place to get good sexual advice, while watching pornography.”


The above quotes are from a CNN interview here.


Information and solutions:


Currently young people under the age of 18 cannot legally go into a neighborhood "Adult" video store and look at or purchase materials there. Those wanting to enter such an establishment must show a legal form of ID proving that they are over the age of 18, as pornography is legally deemed to be “harmful to minors”. However, despite the fact that this is the case, such material is freely available to children at any age on the Internet, including at most public libraries. (Note that the largest group of people viewing Internet porn is children aged 12-17.) Having to verify one's age online before one accesses an Internet porn site has in the past been ruled as too great a burden on an adult's right to freely access that sort of material, and it has been legally concluded that filtering is a solution that is more in keeping with the United States Constitution. However personally I don't see why some sort of legal measure requiring age verification could not be passed and implemented on the Internet, so that it would match how the law works in real life, i.e. at a physical "Adult" Video store.


In any case, since that sort of regulation is unlikely to be put into effect, other methods should be considered that would allow parents to restrict access of Internet pornography from their children. A good example and realistic solution that would affect no one's free speech rights or freedom of access would be the Channel Port 80 Internet Channel Initiative. Please see full information at CP80.org, and also at my previous posts Anti-Pornography Civil Rights Legislation, Obscenity Law, & CP80 Internet Regulation and More Information about the CP80 Internet Porn Solution (& 4 Videos).


I am interested in learning about any other legal measure that would restrict minors' access to "pornography" in the form of "Adult Product", (as described above), on the Internet and elsewhere. Visitors are more than welcome to share any ideas they have on this subject. (For one idea of a tagging system that would help with filtering, see the YouTube video, "Lawrence Lessig on Internet Pornography Censorship (part 1)”)

For a history of what it has been tried so far in regards to restricting Internet pornography access from those under the age of 18, please see Wikipedia articles "Child Online Protection Act" and "Internet Pornography". Please note that many in the "Adult Industry" itself say that they are in favor of legal enforcement of age restrictions in regards to accessing their products. See the Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection, (ASACP), as an example.

2) Raise the age of participation in pornography to 21 years old.


Why this is needed:


Entering into a career in the porn industry is a very serious decision. Most pornography performers are in their teens, as there is a very high demand for teenage porn. When a young woman is still in her teens she is often not fully able to comprehend the lifelong consequences of a decision to participate in pornography, and frequently doesn't really know what she's getting into. As porn industry insider Luke Ford puts it, " “Most girls who enter this industry do one video and quit. The experience is so painful, horrifying, embarrassing, humiliating for them that they never do it again.” ("Porn in the USA", CBS, 60 minutes. 2004.) Clearly this is not the sort of experience that a young woman was expecting, or she would never have done it in the first place.


Those who support raising the age of participation in pornography to twenty-one include porn industry veterans such as the following:


The world's most successful porn star, Jenna Jameson:


"It's really important [to know] that once you do a movie, you are labeled a porn star for the rest of your life. That has impact not only on you, but on your family, on your kids, on your friends. You have to be willing to work with that and understand the repercussions".


"I have major misgivings about talking to girls who are eighteen or nineteen years old about signing a contract. At eighteen years old it's hard to make a life choice. I truly believe there should be an age verification at twenty-one years old for this industry. Being a porn star, I don't think people understand that it filters into absolutely every aspect of my life".


(From "Jenna Jameson - Portrait of a Mainstream Sex Icon", May 2007.)


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Porn actor, director, and activist Bill Margold, former director of the "Adult" Industry’s "Free Speech Coalition", and currently a trustee of the PAW Foundation: ("Protecting Adult Welfare" at http://www.pawfoundation.org/.)


"Of course I abhor anything remotely associated with child pornography, that’s of course another reason why I want to raise the age from eighteen to twenty-one because I think a lot of these people who come in at eighteen are still children. They’re not ready to accept the sociological damnation of being an adult performer. It could haunt you the rest of you life in ways you can never dream of. This is an indelible business, and the immortality is the only reason to do it."


"If we continue to force degradation and perversion of any kind, beating the Hell out of fellow performers and doing things to them that the human body isn’t really able to withstand – what I refer to know as the fear factor of X, perpetrating violence and derogatory situations upon them – why do we need to do that anymore when we can simply have sex without making sex derogatory or making sex dirty in the sense of defiling and dehumanizing people and basically physically hurting them? In a recent interview I once said what’s going happen when one of these people breaks? When they take so many penii, interesting term, so many dicks are shoved into them at one time that the body gives up and capitulates. What are they going to do when someone rips apart? When so many dicks are shoved into one hole? I’m being a little graphic but so many of the people making these movies these days have no business even going anywhere near a video camera, many of them have lost site of what creativity is and because they can’t create they’re frustrated and because they’re frustrated they just do whatever they can to shock. Eventually they’re just going to deal in physical pain, and I will not tolerate that." ...

"They’re doing bad things to people, making them cry, making them feel like pieces of meat, and they’re being brutalized and mistreated. They’re brutalized to the point of a lack of common sense. What we need to practice is 'common sense-orship.' These people do not need to be put into a fear factor of X, they don’t need to be penetrated over and over and over again, or the human body and the human mind will break and when you break their spirits and their minds you have nothing left. A lot of the vacancy in this business is readily apparent now, and a lot of the drugs that are in this business now are painkillers so that the girls don’t even know what they’re being put through, they’re just vacant. That, to me, is abhorrent. I’m not censoring, it’s interesting I was accused by one filmmaker of censoring him, but I’m not censoring this business, I’m criticizing this business because I’ve earned the right to criticize it and if you don’t like it, that’s your problem, and theirs as well."

"I’m mad about that. It’s upsetting me that people will come to see me and cry and I don’t know how to strike back, and I’m suggesting to people that they get out of this business before they become eliminated from this business. A lot of these people, if they don’t want to play ball with the possible rules handed down to them, will find themselves behind bars which is maybe where they belong and there they’ll find themselves rendered into the same pieces of meat that they rendered their performers into."

"I want to raise the age to twenty one, I want to now bring drug testing into the business and eradicate the escort services, and I want to one day have a porn tax."

http://www. dvdmaniacs.net/Features/bill_margold.html

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Pornography performer RayVeness, who has been in more than 300 porn films:

"“People should be twenty-one [before appearing in adult films],” she says today, arguing that three more years of life experience might make a difference in a young person’s decision to do this kind of work."

"If they knew the truth, she hints, they might not get into the business at all."

http://www.yesweekly.com/main.asp?SectionID=18&SubSectionID=44&ArticleID=887&TM=69687.82


Information and solutions:


Currently the age required to participate in pornography films is 18 years old, and this is enforced by the "2257 Regulations". See Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2257. All the current measures that are used to enforce this could continue unchanged. The minimum age requirement would just be changed from 18 years old to 21 years old.


3) Improve the health and safety standards within pornography production in a variety of ways, including implementing mandatory condom use.


Why this is needed:


Porn star Jenna Jameson provides some insights:


“Most girls get their first experience in gonzo films - in which they’re taken to a crappy studio apartment in Mission Hills and penetrated in every hole possible by some abusive asshole who thinks her name is Bitch. And these girls, some of whom have the potential to become major stars in the industry, go home afterward and pledge never to do it again because it was such a terrible experience.” (Pg. 132)


“In a worst-case scenario, a gonzo director will take a girl to a hotel room and have their friends shoot a cheap scene in which she is humiliated in every orifice possible. She walks home with three thousand dollars, bowed legs, and a terrible impression of the industry. It’ll be her first and last movie, and she’ll regret it – to her dying day.” (Pg. 325)


“In other scenarios, she’ll work for two weeks until she’s only getting paid seven hundred dollars a scene and then, finally, no one wants to use her anymore. So she’ll agree to do double penetration or drink the sperm of twelve guys just to stay working.” (Pg. 325)


“If you take the time to read it (a sample adult-film contract) carefully, you will notice many ways in which a female performer can get shafted – both literally and metaphorically.” (Pg. 353)


Quotes from “How To Make Love Like A Porn Star, A Cautionary Tale, by Jenna Jameson (with Neil Strauss), Hardcover edition. Copyright 2004.

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Dr. Sharon Mitchell: Former pornography performer, and founder of the Adult Industry Medical Health Care Foundation: (AlM.)


"I see 17- and 18-year-old girls every day who have no idea what they're getting into.” ... "AIM has been difficult to keep going, because the filmmakers feel that they have no responsibility for the health care of the talent."... “Herpes is always about 66%. People are medicated with acyclovir for herpes, which is very effective in preventing the herpes outbreaks. Chlamydia and gonorrhea, however, along with hepatitis, seem to stick to everything from dildos to flat surfaces to hands, so, pardon my expression, but we are usually up to our asses in chlamydia”.


Online question to Sharon: "Any chance of forcing filmmakers to take responsibility for health risks through OSHA or similar government agencies?"


"I have tried until I am blue in the face. To the best of my knowledge, this will not be happening any time soon.”


http://www.courttv.com/talk/chat_transcripts/2001/0723mitchell.html


A comprehensive list of what pornography performers are subjected to and at risk of can be seen in the Adult Industry Medical Foundation (AIM) publication "Types of Porn and Their Occupational Safety Risks". The list includes:

“RISKY SEX ACTS: Ass to mouth (A2M), Ass to pussy, Ass to Ass, Double penetration – one in vagina one in ass, Single penetration vaginal, Single penetration anal, Blow Job, Double Vaginal, Double Anal, Boy Boy Girl, Girl-Girl Boy, Multiple sex partners/Orgies, Felching – Ass to mouth.”

"THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES ARE AT A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT RISK THAN ABOVE:

BUKKAKE - Multiple males ejaculating on a face. At risk for chlamydia or gonorrhea of the eye, herpes of the eye or nose, or HIV - as the eye is a direct conduct into the bloodstream.

BUKKAKE - Drinking semen. At risk for chlamydia and/or gonorrhea of the throat.

CREAM PIE - Internal ejaculation either in vagina or ass. High risk for HIV. ****

SNOWBALLING - Passing sperm and spit from one person’s mouth over and over.

S&M - Depending on the type of play, Hepatitis A, B and C, if there is any needle/nail play without gloves.

TOY-PLAY - Depending on the play, when using toys, always put a condom on them or change toys when changing partners, as chlamydia or Hepatitis B, can stick to a toy and be able to transmit the infection.

EYE BALLING - Herpes of the eye, HIV, chlamydia and gonorrhea of the eye.

FISTING - Anal and Vaginal. Vaginal or anal tears, no STD risk and less you're going from one partner to the next, or putting the fist in your body and into your partners' without changing gloves.

MUTUAL MASTURBATION. No risk and less you are using the same hand on you and your partner. Keep your hand to yourself and you are at no risk.

SINGLE GIRL MASTURBATION. No risk unless you have a herpes outbreak or HPV outbreak. You can transmit to another part of your body.

GAPING - This is the act of stretching the anus, vagina or mouth with a speculum or a dental instrument. Tears in the body and throat, and if sex, any kind of body fluid or sperm will cause a high risk for all aforementioned diseases."

(All of the above is quoted verbatim from the Adult Industry Medical Foundation (AIM) publication "Types of Porn and Their Occupational Safety Risks".)

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More information about what pornography performers are subjected to and at risk of is in the article "The Adult Film Industry: Time to Regulate?", by Corita R. Grudzen and Peter R. Kerndt:

Adult film performers engage in prolonged and repeated sexual acts with multiple sexual partners over short periods of time, creating ideal conditions for transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). All the more concerning, high-risk practices are on the rise [4]. These practices include sex acts that involve simultaneous double penetration (double-anal and vaginal–anal intercourse) and repeated facial ejaculations. At the same time, condom use is reportedly low in heterosexual adult films—approximately 17% for adult performers [5]. In 2004, only two of the 200 adult film companies required the use of condoms for all penile–anal and penile–vaginal penetration [2]. Performers report that they are required to work without condoms to maintain employment."

"These practices lead to high transmission rates of STDs and occasionally HIV among performers."..."Adult film has allowed consistent exposure of its employees to HIV, hepatitis, human papillomavirus, herpes simplex virus, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and other diseases without liability or worker recourse."

"The portrayal of unsafe sex in adult films may also influence viewer behavior. In the same way that images of smoking in films romanticize tobacco use, viewers of these adult films may idealize unprotected sex [16]. The increasingly high-risk sexual behavior viewed by large audiences on television and the Internet could decrease condom use."

http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=1892037


Information and solutions:


Dr. Sharon Mitchell:


"What we can do is reward the producers, distributors and actors who use condoms with a ''seal of approval.'' The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, state and federal health departments, and my organization should act together to give approval to the films made by companies that use safe workplace and health care practices. Most mainstream companies don't like to discuss their lucrative dirty secret -- that they make huge profits off sex films. But if hotel chains like Hilton and Marriott, and cable companies like Time Warner and Comcast, showed only those films with the seal of approval, filmmakers would have a financial incentive to follow the rules."... "If we can make it financially attractive for the people who work in the industry to use condoms, they will. And that's the only way that we will be able to further limit the risk of infection to sex-film actors and to the people they come in contact with in their private lives."

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The authors of the article: "The Adult Film Industry: Time to Regulate?" recommend the following potential policy changes, all of which I support:

  • National legislation that includes regulation of internet-based adult films
  • Mandatory condom use with condom seal of approval
  • Film rating system based on set safety criteria
  • Licensure of performers
  • STD testing paid for by the industry
  • Vaccinations against human papillomavirus and hepatitis B and post-exposure prophylaxis paid for by the industry
  • Education and training of all workers and employees
  • Legal age of performers raised from 18 to 21 years old
  • Drug testing of performers.

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So the bottom line is that I believe it should continue to be illegal for pornography to be accessible to minors under the age of 18, (and I think that this should be enforced on the Internet), I think it should be illegal for anyone to participate in the pornography industry if they are under the age of 21, and I think it should be illegal for anyone to participate in risky sex acts in pornography production without proper protection. (In order to significantly reduce the harms described above.) Hopefully this has answered the original question. If not, please let me know. Thanks!


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Sunday, July 22, 2007

More Information about the CP80 Internet Porn Solution (& 4 Videos)

For those who are interested in more information about the CP80 Internet Pornography Solution, please watch the below videos. (Note: CP80 stands for Channel Port 80 Internet Channel Initiative. It is a solution to blocking out pornographic content on one's computer that would be optional, should it become available, in the same way that using a filter to block out pornography is optional. It would not be imposed on anyone, and would only be used by those who would want to take advantage of it. Please see full information here at CP80.org.)

To play a video please just click on the arrow in the middle of it.

Traffic Control: The People's War on Internet Porn (2:36 minutes)




Solution to the Problem of Internet Pornography (3:13 minutes)





How kids can get around Internet filters (:31 seconds)





Another video about how kids can get around Internet filters. (:31 seconds)





Two other videos about the ineffectiveness of filters are here at YouTube.com.

Please note that in no way does the CP80 Internet Channel Initiative infringe on anyone’s free speech or First Amendment rights. Nor does it interfere with anyone’s rights to receive any sort of information via the Internet that they might wish to access. It is a solution that is optional for those that might like to take advantage of it. Please see full information about this issue and what you can do to help here at CP80.org, and at the website for the DVD "Traffic Control: The People's War on Internet Porn", here.

Thank You!

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Friday, July 20, 2007

Anti-Pornography Civil Rights Legislation, Obscenity Law, & CP80 Internet Regulation

Just to make a clarification for those visitors who might be interested, this blog and I are both 100% in favor of anti-pornography civil rights legislation that addresses the harm pornography does to women, as described in this Wikipedia article here. Information about Obscenity Law is provided on this blog so that people will know what the current situation is in regards to the law and pornography.

Personally I hope that some activists are willing to do the work that it will require in order to get anti-pornography civil rights legislation passed. (Which is why I suggested it on the 101 Things You Can Do To Combat the Harms of Pornography list.) However, if this were not to come about because no one chooses to pursue it, and Obscenity Law is all that is going to exist regarding pornography, my hope is that the law would be updated to reflect the current reality of our society including the Internet, etc., and that it would also include something that would address the harm of pornography to women.

That would certainly be a better situation than the way things are now, with the extremely outdated Obscenity Law that neither addresses factors like the Internet, nor anything relating to how women are harmed by pornography.

Regarding regulation of the Internet by Channel Port 80 legislation, (see here for more info, as well as the videos on the sidebar), that legislation would not restrict anyone's freedom of speech or expression. It would merely allow people to choose to allow pornographic content or not on their computer.

"The solution is simple. Categorize and organize all Internet content using the existing and available ports which will allow users to access what they want and avoid what they don't want. This solution creates a space for those who value the freedom and who want to avoid unwanted intrusions into their businesses, homes, and minds."

"The Internet Channel Initiative preserves the access to all forms of content to the consumer who chooses both the Community Ports and the Open Ports. In addition, this initiative creates a choice for those consumers who wish to receive only the Community Ports. Under either scenario, the Internet experience is determined by the consumer."

"The CP80 Internet Channel Initiative is a combination of technology and law that will allow Internet users the option of choosing to receive all Internet ports or only those ports that are free of pornographic content. The technology will categorize content into ranges of Internet ports so consumers can choose selected port packages, much like the options for cable television."

"Internet users who do not want pornographic content simply notify their Internet Service Provider (ISP), such as Comcast, AOL or Yahoo, that they want only "Community Ports" service. Internet users who take no action will continue to receive all Internet ports (both the "Community" and "Open" ports), just as they always have. Because the pornographic content is not served on Community Ports in the first place, parents and employers do not have to worry about filtering it out on their own computers. This is both a more economical and a more effective approach."

"Because the CP80 initiative allows for individual choice, the ICPA balances the First Amendment and the compelling governmental interests in regulating Internet pornography, including protecting children. Unlike Congress' previous attempts, the ICPA can survive Supreme Court strict scrutiny. View prior attempts to legislate Internet pornography. "

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Please see CP80 page on Legislative Solution here for more information on the above.

If anyone has any specific reasons about why or how such legislation would interfere with anyone's civil rights or freedom of speech, or why they would be against such legislation, I would be very interested to hear whatever points you might like to make. Please feel free to comment respectfully below.

Thank you very much,

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